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Career and Technical Education

Welcome to the Los Angeles Valley College Career and Technical Education (CTE) website. This site provides you with information about our CTE courses, certificates, degrees, and special projects, so that you may carve your path towards success.

If you have questions at any time, feel free to call us at 818-947-2600 ext. 4043, or you can email We are here for you!

According to the Census Bureau, over an adult’s working life, high school graduates earn an average of $1.2 million. Associate’s degree holders earn about $1.6 million, earning them $400,000 more than someone with a high school diploma.

In a report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, People with certificates earn, on average, 20 percent more than workers with only high school diplomas.  They also can out-earn workers with two-year and four-year degrees.

Therefore, LAVC CTE Associate’s degree and Certificate Programs help you meet your educational as well as employment goals. We offer training that is affordable, practical, and relevant for today’s competitive job market.

The mission of Career and Technical Education at LAVC is to provide an integrated academic and technical framework that leads students towards lifelong careers in personally rewarding occupations. We focus on career awareness, career exploration, and skill preparation. Our curriculum is hands on, our faculty have expertise in their field, and our career pathways lead you to employment in high demand/high wage areas.

If you would like to explore more in-depth information about a career or an industry, you can visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is published directly by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Here you can learn about salary information, training and education, what to expect on the job, job outlooks, tips on looking for a job, the job market nationwide, transferring to a university, and much more!

Your Future Begins Here!

Los Angeles Valley College is a two-year public college located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, a thriving suburb of Los Angeles.

The college’s mission is serve as pathway to our students’ success and career goals. Discover the top 10 reasons why you should attend LAVC!

Our Campus

Founded in 1949, LA Valley College is a 105-acre urban oasis located just minutes away from Hollywood, Beverly Hills, downtown Los Angeles, and the beaches of Santa Monica, Malibu, and major motion picture and television studios. The beautiful park-like campus is also well known as is the first community college in California to be a Tree Campus USA.

Under the leadership of President Dr. Barry Gribbons, LAVC is leading community colleges in the state with approximately 20,000 students. It is a Hispanic-serving institution, and serves the communities of Valley Glen, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Panorama City, Pacoima, Sherman Oaks, Valley Village, Studio City, Encino, Tarzana, Burbank, and beyond.

Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges that is part of the Western Associate of Schools and Colleges. It is also one of largest of the campuses in the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD).

In addition, LAVC offers many special programs to help first time and/or historically disadvantaged groups be successful in college. It has a Child Development Center and is the only California community college campus with an on-campus Family Resource Center to help support student parents.



Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) – – of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204 Novato, CA 94949,  (415) 506-0234. The ACCJC is authorized to operate by the U.S. Department  of Education through the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

LAVC Programs that are accredited by external organizations:

The Nursing Program is approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) – – and the California Board of Registered Nursing (CABRN) –

The Advanced Level Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC) –


Los Angeles Valley College is a fully-accredited institution that complies with the standards set by the accrediting body that reviews community colleges in this region, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). This “stamp of approval” provides students, faculty, staff, and the public with assurances of our integrity, quality, and effectiveness. In addition, our accredited status allows us to receive federal funding for our students and enables credit for courses to be used for transfer to other institutions.

Information on filing a complaint against the college regarding a possible violation of accreditation standards can be found on the website of the ACCJC at



Faculty, classified staff, administrators, and students participate in the process of evaluating our performance in light of the Commission’s standards as well as our own stated goals. Our comprehensive report, which sums up the findings of our research and discussions, will be an accurate reflection of our strengths as well as our challenges as an institution. We welcome your participation and feedback. Please contact Karen Daar at or Yih-Mei Hu at if you would like to be involved.


Welcome to Los Angeles Valley College Workforce Development. Our department works directly with community and industry partners to create pathways to employment and career advancement for those we serve.   Current high placement Workforce Academies include:  Bus Operations Training Academy, Manufacturing, Biotech, Human Services, and Professional Extension offerings.  We also work to create customized training as needed by our community and employer partners.

Believing in a holistic approach to Workforce Training, we partner with our LAVC Family Resource Center and CalWORKS program to embed family support services and resources (Strengthening Working Families) into all of our offerings.

We strive, through partnerships, to make Los Angeles Valley College Workforce Training a model of Workforce Development excellence.  We are continually working to create a college and community-wide integrated service delivery system of training, and educational and employment services to open career pathways and economic success for all community members.

Please see each of our specific pages dedicated to Academies and related programs for more information.

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